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Interrupting Chicken

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  14,571 ratings  ·  1,258 reviews
Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HO
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture

Aww, Little Chicken wants to save the characters in her books from their own stupidity!
I sympathize.
Colby Sharp
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: character, fantasy
Loved this book. I thought it would be fun to try and do something funny (it never works when I try to be funny) for this revi-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Get off Goodreads and grade some math papers."

Little red chicken is probably right, but grading/planning math is never as much fun as checking twitter and goodre-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Dude, you really need to vacuum the floors. Seriously get off the computer."

Wow, not sure if this review is working
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute little story, but I had a couple of problems with it. Interrupting Chicken was a Caldecott Honor Book this year so I think I was expecting some amazing artwork. And while the illustrations are good, they didn't really stand out to me and say "yes, this is a Caldecott Honor!" I did like the varying illustrations to alternate between little chicken and her father and the storybooks they're reading. And the author/illusrator does a good job of expressing emotions in Papa chicken's ey ...more
When animals appear on a book cover, you can predict a lot about the book. If there's a dog on the cover, get the tissue. If a chicken's on the cover, you know the book is funny. I am not sure why we find chickens so amusing, but Interrupting Chicken will make you laugh and remind you of how funny children can be, too.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I've met this chicken, I've tried to read to this chicken, and yep it went about the same for me.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3* art
3* story

A little young for Squirt, but I had to read it to him because he is the Master Of Interrupting. He thought the chicken was funny, but he didn't get the joke on him at all.
Katie Fitzgerald
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Interrupting Chicken, the 2011 Caldecott Honor book by David Ezra Stein, a chicken and her Papa sit down to read a series of classic fairy tales before it's time to go sleep. Chicken promises not to interrupt the stories, but then proceeds to do so time and again, unable to help herself. When she finally settles down, Papa reverses the roles by falling asleep and interrupting the last story with his snoring.

When I was reading this, I focused mostly on the art, since that's what won the award,
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little Red Chicken keeps interrupting his father's bedtime stories by shouting out warnings to the fictional characters. I'm pretty sure this he's the kid who was sitting behind me at the movies a few nights ago.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Little Red Chicken has trouble hearing a whole bedtime story without interrupting her Papa Chicken right at the good part. When he gives up and allows her to tell the story, guess who ends up interrupting with some snores?
This book would be a fun way to introduce writing concepts for fiction including the importance of conflict and resolution.
The stories her papa uses are familiar to her so Little Red Chicken interrupts at every critical point with her own resolution designed to prevent any str
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here is the story of a little chicken who is so enthusiastic about bedtime stories they hardly lull her to sleep. Her father is happy to read her stories but asks her to please remember not to interrupt and to try to fall asleep. But when familiar stories (Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and Little Red Hen) are read, the little chicken can't help bursting into the story with a quicker and happier solution to the problems at hand. What will happen when an exasperated and very tired father trie ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A 2011 Caldecott Award honor book. Papa can never finish reading a story to Chicken, because she keeps interrupting and finishing the story for him. What is he to do? I'm sure there are parents out there with this same problem. This is a good book to teach kids the meaning of "interruption". I didn't care for the artwork much, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars. We read it to the pre-schoolers in our last storytime, and they loved it. Recommended.
4.5 out of 5
I simply loved the story, the illustrations, the COLORS. However, I cannot get over the fact that the chicken that clearly looks like a little rooster is actually a SHE! Sorry, but hens don't have tails like that!
Stephanie Calhoun
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fantastic book to use when teaching students about classroom discussion etiquette.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Am I the only one who thinks that Interrupting chicken needs clear and consistent consequences? Lol! Just saying...
Kit Pang
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The chicken should have been a boy!
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فوق العاده زیبا و خواندنی! هم به لحاظ تکنیکهای ادبی قابل توجه است و هم از جهت تفریح. ...more
Daniel Walsh
Summary- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is a Caldecott Honor recipient which tells a story of a young chicken getting ready to fall asleep. However, when her father tucks her in and attempts to read bedtime stories to her, she continuously interrupts him to give her side of the story. After being interrupted many times, her father climbs into bed and has her read him a bedtime story.
Personal Response: This is a fantastic story with detailed illustration. It brings back nostalgic feelin
Amy Layton
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This book is SO fun and absolutely perfect for a bedtime story.  It's a book within a book--the "inner" book being the one Chicken's father is reading to him, but even the characters within that inner book react whenever Chicken interrupts!  I love the art style and how metafictive it is (I'm always a sucker for metafiction).  It's just so funny and sweet at the end, and it's certainly a great pick for children--especially those who like to interrupt!

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Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is hilarious. I think it makes for a very fun read aloud. Little chicken is a hoot. The author did a great job illustrating the story especially with the illustrated book excerpts. This book literally made me laugh out loud.
Great fun--I love the little red chicken's expressions, and also her sense of injustice! Fun for a school aged story time about chickens, bedtime, or stories.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We all want our students (and children) to be just like the interrupting chicken! Totally into the book, discussing the story, and even making up their own. Great book!!!
Allie McKay
Nov 11, 2018 added it
Shelves: caldecott
This picture book reflects the relationship of the plot and the illustrations very well. While Papa chicken was trying to read a bed time story to the little red chicken the illustrations showed the little red chicken in bed and papa chicken sitting next to him with a book and the title of the bed time story. They also showed the images from the actual bed time story and when the little red chicken would interrupt the papa chickens story the little red chicken was inside of the bed time story il ...more
Kathryn Dykes
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plot summary & personal response: Interrupting chicken is a delightful children’s book with playful illustrations, which is simply written but enjoyable for everyone. Little red chicken can't wait to hear bedtime stories from her Papa, but her enthusiasm and excitement interrupt the adventurous tales of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, & Chicken Little, as the characters find themselves drawing near to trouble. Little red chicken quickly jumps into the stories to save the day ...more
Emma Gustafson
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, lbtq
I found this book on the Caldecott Honor book list. This is the story about a chicken who keeps interrupting his dad when the dad is trying to read him a bead time story. The Chicken repeatedly promises he won't interrupt again, but alas he cannot help himself. The story is told similarly to Mo Willems style of dialog. The pictures switch between vintage to colored pencil. The switching back and fourth shows the two different picture types is to represent the multiple stories being told.This wou ...more
Joshua Arvey
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Interrupting Chicken
Author/Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: Fantasy, Picture Book, Caldecott Award

Plot Summery: Interrupting Chicken is about a little chicken that is getting ready for bed. As her Papa is about to put her to bed she reminds him that he has to ready a story to her. As the title gives it away Papa Chicken asks Little Chicken if she will interrupt him during the story and she graciously says she won’t. Only come to find out that when Papa is reading the fir
Alexandra Mauger
Plot Summary: This book is about a young chicken, simply known as Chicken, who is trying to sleep by listening to her father, Papa, read her favorite bedtime stories. However, Chicken keeps interjecting in the middle of the bedtime stories. She prevents the main characters from doing something wrong and makes each story have a quick and happy ending. When Papa has run out of bedtimes stories to read, Papa suggests that Chicken read him a story to help them sleep. Chicken writes her own bedtime s ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Synthesis: The Interrupting Chicken is a fun spin on the old-fashioned bedtime story. The main character, a little chicken, is being put to sleep by his father, but not before hearing a bedtime story. As the father reads bedtime classics to his son, the chicken CONSTANTLY butts in in the middle of the story, shouts out the solution to the problem and ending to the story, and the begs for another. Eventually, all of the stories run out and Chicken has to create his own bedtime story that he reads ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I was told to be on the look out for this book - from several people. It's bedtime and Papa wants to read little red chicken a story. Papa tries three different stories and each time little red chicken cannot help herself - she must jump right in there and participate in the story, i.e. interrupt. For example, while her poor father is in the middle of reading Little Red Riding Hood, little red chicken must interrupt the story with a big ole "Don't talk to strangers!" aimed right at Little Red Ri ...more
Sam Grace
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: effusive story listeners
Recommended to Sam by: Norma Mendoza-Denton
This book is brilliant! You can read the descriptions of the plot elsewhere, so I want to focus on the things that I thought were special about it:

1) the Formula. Yes! This is what makes this a CHILDREN'S book. It is repetitive in the way that kids love. And it's so META. Little Chicken interrupts the stories because she knows the end, but so will the kids hearing the story. And that wonderful feeling of, I know! I know! is all over this book. Little Chicken feels it and I am sure young listener
Very fun. A perfect one to try in storytime. I enjoyed the pictures. Lots of possibilities for voices in this. Perfect choice for a PJ storytime because of the going to bed aspect. Fabulous for a lap-read at night or even before a nap.

10/8/14 I had a ton of fun reading this. They seemed to be into it and liked when the chicken interrupted. Adults liked it, too. Because I had a younger crowd, I decided to do a quick summary of each original tale so they could remember how it was supposed to go a
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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

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